STARTING SCHOOL A Guide for Parents - PRESENTATION PRIMARY SCHOOL - presentation primary bandon

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                        DUNMANWAY ROAD,
                        BANDON, CO. CORK.

Tel: 023/8841809                      Email:
Fax: 023/8841809           


                      A Guide for Parents

 Booklist

 Holiday List

 Mission Statement

 School opening and closing hours

 Learning begins at home

 Top 3 hints for first days at school

 To do...

 Nutrition Policy

 Health, Safety and Hygiene

 Traffic Policy

 Code of Behaviour

 Anti-bullying Policy

 Parents Association

                            Junior Infant Booklist 2018-2019
  Subject                                      Book                                       Publisher
   English                              Readers:
                  Shared Readers: € 5 for rental of readers for the year
                       1. Start! Pre-Reading/Pre-Writing Workbook                      BCM Publishing
                     2. Just Handwriting: Script Handwriting Programme
                                Junior Infants including Practice Copy          

                             3. Starlight Junior Infants Skills Book
   Maths                        Busy at Maths - Junior Infants                            CJ Fallon
                              (including Home/School Links Book)
   Gaeilge                                Abair Liom A                                      Folens
   Religion                Grow in Love – Junior Infants Primary 1                         Veritas
    SESE                  A3 Scrapbook (purchased through school)
 Stationery                   1 x Project Copy 15 40 pages
                      1 x A4 Manuscript Copy 120 pages (not hardback)
                          1 x A5 Hardback notebook (160 page)
                       2 x A5 Wallet/Envelope Style Plastic Folders
                        1 x A4 Wallet/Envelope Style Plastic Folder
                                 2 x Large Pritt Stick
                                     1 x Zipper File
                                       1 x Eraser
                             To be purchased from school:
                                   Tripod Pencil              €5
                                         A3 Scrapbook
  Extra                            A large old t-shirt for art
 Materials               Twistables or crayons (no markers or pencils)
                        Please label all of your daughter’s belongings
                         (books, crayons, jumpers, cardigans, lunchbox etc.)

                                             School Uniform:
 Consists of white shirt, navy pinafore, navy trousers (optional), navy cardigan/jumper, red tie & safe flat
black shoes. School tracksuit & runners to be worn on P.E. days only. For safety reasons no jewellery, other
                           than a watch & a pair of stud earrings are to be worn.

One bill will be issued at the end of September for photocopying & Art & Crafts materials. The cost will be €35
                                             per child for the year.
           As above: €10 for book rental of readers and purchase of tripod pencil and A3 Scrapbook.
                                                  Total: €45

      School re-opens on Thursday, 30th August, 2018.
                              DUNMANWAY ROAD,
                              BANDON, CO. CORK.

Tel: 023/8841809                                        Email:
Fax: 023/8841809                             

                                HOLIDAYS 2018-2019

Thursday 30th August – SCHOOL REOPENS.

Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November - Mid Term Break (School closed).

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS - School closes Friday 21st December until Friday 4th January.

Monday 18th February – Friday 22nd February – Mid Term (School Closed).

Monday 18th March – School closed.

EASTER HOLIDAYS - School closes on Friday 12th April until Friday 26th April.

Monday 6th May – May Bank Holiday (School Closed).

Monday 3rd June – June Bank Holiday (School Closed).

School closes Thursday 27th June – SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

Our Presentation School has a happy positive atmosphere where children learn in a caring environment becoming
more aware of the dignity and value of each person.


In Presentation Primary we aim

      To create a pleasant and orderly environment in which children feel happy and secure, in which their self-
       esteem is fostered, in which children make progress at their school work and where the uniqueness of each
       child is recognised and valued.
      To provide a general, balanced education dedicated to the development of the whole child so as to prepare
       her for the demands of further education and the rapidly changing society in which we live.

There are a number of aspects of school life which play an important role in achieving the aim outlined above.
These include the religious education programme, the code of good behaviour, the curriculum, the way in which
the school is organised, the quality of personal relationships among teachers, pupils and parents – in short the
ethos and atmosphere of the school.

Central to the interpersonal relationships in the school is good communication particularly between home and
school. Your child’s education is a joint venture which will only be successful if both parties, home and school,
work together towards the same objective.

Confidence in the school comes from knowing and understanding what is happening within it. Ms. Walsh and I
look forward to meeting you frequently during the year. Communication between home and school is essential if
we are all to work together for the good of your child. Be sure to take advantage of the formal Parent/Teacher
meeting and to contact the school with any information etc., which might affect your child’s performance or

We look forward to working with you and your child during the year. If you require any information please do
not hesitate to contact the school.

Yours sincerely,

Carol Leonard – Principal.

Phone: 023/8841809
8:35 a.m. : School Opens
8:50 a.m. : School Begins
1:30 p.m. : Home time for Junior and Senior Infants
2:30 p.m. : Home time for rest of school

Junior Infant children will be going home at 12.00 p.m. from Thursday 30th August until Friday 14th
September, 2018.

      From 30th August until the end of September junior infants can go directly to their classroom in the
       morning. From October junior infants will line up in the Seomra Cruinniú (room opposite their
       classroom). This room will be supervised from 8.35am every morning.

      Children are to be collected at the classroom door each day.

      If your daughter will be travelling home by bus please notify the school in writing and include the name of
       the bus company. Children travelling on the bus will be escorted to the bus by a staff member.

      Any changes in bus arrangements need to be put in writing and given to class teacher.

      Bus companies available –

       McCarthy Coaches – 023/8841592 or 087/6832450
       Hollywood Coaches – 023/8843420 or 086/8277822

      School bus will not operate in the afternoon for Junior Infants until Monday 17th September.

      Absenteeism is monitored by government body Tusla.

      If a child is absent for 10 days parents will receive a letter from the school.

      If a child is absent for 20 days the school is obliged to notify Tusla who will then make contact with the

      If your child is absent from school a note must be sent into the school explaining absenteeism.

      If anybody other than the named collectors will be collecting your child the teacher needs to be notified in

      No party invitations or party treats to be given out in class.
You, as your child’s parents, are her first and most important teachers. The first years spent at home are the most
significant. More is learned in this period than at any other. Speech and movement are developed, and character
is formed. Later development merely builds on these initial foundations. What you give your child at this stage
in terms of time, personality development etc. will have a great effect on the kind of person she will grow up to

Play is a tremendous learning experience for your child. Various types of play can assist in the development of
speech, numerical ability and in muscular development also. Play is also vital to the development of social skills.
These are all areas vital to success in school, being directly linked to the ability to read, understand numbers and
beginning to write.
We place great emphasis on play in the Junior Infant year, as we believe development is firmly grounded in a
child’s own experience. Much of your child’s learning is through play and we encourage you to engage in
activities such as these to help develop the skills needed for school life. Games of “Shop” and “House”
pretending to have phone conversations, Ball Games such as Football and Catch, games such as “Simon Says”,
“Musical Statues” “Snap” etc.
Encourage your child to play with other children as well as with you. Many life skills such as decision-making,
conversation, waiting your turn, sharing etc. are learned through the medium of play.
OT Tips: Activities which help develop your child’s fine motor skills can be very beneficial. Tasks such as
colouring, tracing, threading & beading, play doh, cutting out with child safe scissors, peg boards, jigsaw puzzles
& playing with sand can all greatly help to develop the muscles of your child’s hands.


      Arrive to school on time.
      Leave the classroom as quickly as possible and without any fuss.
      Make sure your daughter knows that you will be back to collect her on time.

TO DO...

Cover all books, label them clearly on the outside cover, label all colours and maintain this throughout year.
Ensure your child can open and close her lunchbox and drink container easily herself.
Ensure school bag is large enough to hold an A4 folder and your child can open and close it.
Uniforms and school tracksuits can be bought locally.
NB: Please write your child’s name on her tracksuit top and school cardigan.
Uniform: White shirt, navy pinafore/school trousers, navy cardigan, red tie, navy tights or navy/ white socks.
Tracksuit: School tracksuit with crest and navy tracksuit bottoms. The tracksuit top is available to order through
the Parents Association (contact Clare on 086/8547577). The total cost of tracksuit top with crest is €13.
Children will be told in September what days to wear tracksuits. Tracksuits and runners are to be worn on P.E.
days only. Runners with Velcro strap are preferable for junior infants.


The Parents Association organise the crest service for the school sweatshirt. To avail of this service follow the
guidelines below.

       Pin child’s name on OUTSIDE of every garment write name and phone number on bag.
       Put money into envelope €5.00 per garment and put into bag
       Hand into class teacher and the Parents Association will collect from school. It will take approximately 2
        weeks before they will be returned or ring Clare on 086/8547577 for collection.

Please follow above guidelines if not garments will be returned to you to do so. This service will be available in
September again.


   1. All food and drink consumed in the school to be prepared under parent’s supervision.
   2. Food from the bottom shelf of the food pyramid (bread, scones, rice, pasta, crackers, potato, cereals)
       should be eaten at least once during the day.
   3. Recommended fillings for sandwiches include meat, eggs, fish, cheese.
   4. Fruit and vegetables are encouraged as part of the food eaten at school.
   5. Milk, water, unsweetened fruit juices and yoghurt drinks are healthy options for lunch break.
   6. One portion of food from the top shelf of the food pyramid (sweets, chocolate, cakes & popcorn) may be
       had as a treat on Fridays.
   7. Uneaten lunches are to be taken home.
   8. Milk is available through the school at a cost of 20cent a bottle. This can be ordered at the start of each
   9. No crisps.
   10. No fizzy drinks.
   11. No cakes or treats to be brought in on birthdays.

      Under no circumstances are parents to drive up the hill unless they have received written consent from the
As your child will soon have unavoidable contact with lots of other children, particular attention should be paid to
health and hygiene.
      Sick: Do not send your daughter to school if she is sick. Please ring school or send a note to class teacher
       explaining absenteeism.
      Head Lice: Hair should be tied up at all times and should be regularly checked for head lice. If your child
       has contracted lice, please inform the school and treat it immediately.
      Toileting: Ensure your child can wipe her own bottom, flush toilet and wash hands with confidence.
      Health problems: If your child has particular health problems, please advise the school.
      A healthy diet & exercise are essential for your child’s wellbeing. One hour a day of physical exercise is
      A good diet, fresh air and exercise are essential for a growing child. As breakfast is the most important
       meal of the day, your daughter should be given plenty time in the morning to eat breakfast.
      School going children need plenty of sleep and should be going to bed no later than 8pm on school nights.
      Be on time in the morning and collecting her in the evening. Children get anxious when parents are late in
       the evenings or if they arrive to school later than everyone else. Children like routine.

                         Code of Good Behaviour and Discipline

The school recognises the fact that, for learning to be effective, pupils must be self-
motivated. Our aim is to ensure that the right of each child to an appropriate education in
a relatively disruption-free environment is upheld and maintained. The need for order and
good behaviour is emphasised, and the pupils are encouraged to accept the rules in a spirit
of good will and co-operation.

Parental support is an integral part in the implementation of our code. Consistency in the
approach to discipline between home and school ensures a very healthy regard for good
behaviour within the child. Our code of behaviour is based on mutual respect and good

The daily responsibility for discipline within the school rests with the Principal. Each
teacher has responsibility for the maintenance of discipline within her classroom, while
sharing common responsibility for good behaviour within the school. A pupil will be
referred to the Principal for serious breaches of discipline and/or for repeated incidents
of minor misbehaviour.

The Code of Discipline is adopted by the Board of Management of Presentation Primary
School, Bandon in accordance with the guidelines set out in Department of Education
Circular 20/90, and with the rule 130 of the Rules for National Schools (as amended by
Circular 8/88) having regard to the need of the school and of the wider community.
The Rules of Respect and Order

Pupils must respect:
      Themselves, and believe in their own self-worth.
      The Principal, the class teacher, the teaching staff, and all other staff members.
      Their fellow pupils.
      The property of others and the property of the school.
      The opinion of to others.
      The good name of others.
      The good name of the school both within and without the school.
      Visitors to the school.

Respect is shown by
      Being polite, kind, gentle and non-aggressive at all times.
      Moving with care to avoid accidents.
      Staying silent when silence is expected.
      Not using foul or abusive language.
      Wearing your full school uniform and looking after your appearance and possessions.
       School uniform consists of white shirt, navy pinafore/school trousers, navy cardigan,
       red tie, navy tights or navy/white socks, and black flat shoes. School tracksuits and
       runners to be worn on P.E. days only. For safety reasons – No jewellery other than
       watches and one pair of stud earrings. No mobile phones – No makeup.
      Eating healthy wholesome food during lunch times (no chewing gum).
      Stopping and standing aside (single file) when an adult passes particularly in the
       corridors and at the entry exit points.
      Being reverent during religious services.
      Refraining from anti-social activities.
      Making every effort to be punctual (school begins at 9.00am)
      Refraining from smoking on school premises.

   Order is created by

   Class time
          Obeying your teacher, the teaching and ancillary staff, and the Principal.
          Paying attention during lesson time.
          Having your school materials organized properly.
          Responding immediately to the teachers’ requests.
   Speaking politely in class.
               Remaining seated when requested.
               Acting with responsibility and self-discipline at all times.

         Play Time
               Following the directions of the person(s) in charge.
               Entering and leaving your classroom in a quiet and orderly fashion.
               Forming a quiet and orderly line in yard as soon as the bell rings.
               Playing only in the permitted areas during playtime.
               Playing in a gentle and friendly manner.
               Moving safely and with caution.

         Procedure for Dealing with Good Behaviour
         “Respect for others” forms the basis for the Code of Good Behaviour. Pupils who are
         respectful and orderly may be given due recognition within the school system through;
               Affirmation
               Special privileges
               Award and reward
               Class teacher and Principal may acknowledge good behaviour.

         Procedure for dealing with Misbehaviour.


         For minor breaches a teacher may:
               Speak to pupil and reason with her.
               Reprimand and advise her.
               Warn her.
               Allocate extra work.
               Require her to write out contravened rule(s)
               Withdraw privileges
               Detain her during playtime
               Separate her during playtime
               Separate her temporarily from her peers
               Inform parents.

Note: Repeated instances of minor misbehaviour may be considered as Serious.
For serious breaches the Principal may –
              Inform parent/guardian.
              Discuss the situation with parents and agree solution.
              Monitor and review the situation.

           Note: Repeated instances of minor/serious misbehaviour may be considered as Gross.

      For Gross Breaches the Principal may –
              Inform the chairperson of the Board of Management.
              The board of management may be obliged to suspend a pupil for a period of time
               in accordance with the directive of the department of Education. (Curricular

Parents will be informed if problems arise in school in accordance with the Procedure for
dealing with Misbehaviour.

Our code of behaviour aims to eliminate bullying. Please read our Anti-bullying Policy.

Absenteeism must be authorized and clarified in writing by a parent/guardian or by a medical
certificate from your doctor, if requested. Pupils absenting themselves from class for a
period of time including lunchtime, during the school day must have authorisation in writing.
For safety and security reasons pupils must be collected from the classroom.

All visitors must on entering the school premises report to the Reception before proceeding to
a classroom or meeting place.

To safeguard the children, cars are not allowed into the school yard at any time. Pupils must
walk from the entrance gates unless parents have written permission from the Board of
Anti-Bullying Policy

1. In accordance with the requirements of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 and the code of
behaviour guidelines issued by the NEWB, the Board of Management of Presentation Primary
School has adopted the following anti-bullying policy within the framework of the school’s
overall code of behaviour. This policy fully complies with the requirements of the Anti-
Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools which were published in
September 2013.

2. The Board of Management recognises the very serious nature of bullying and the negative
impact that it can have on the lives of pupils and is therefore fully committed to the following
key principles of best practice in preventing and tackling bullying behaviour:

(a) A positive school culture and climate which

      is welcoming of difference and diversity and is based on inclusivity;

      encourages pupils to disclose and discuss incidents of bullying behaviour in a non-
       threatening environment; and

      promotes respectful relationships across the school community

(b) Effective leadership

(c) A school-wide approach

(d) A shared understanding of what bullying is and its impact

(e) Implementation of education and prevention strategies (including awareness raising
measures) that-

      build empathy, respect and resilience in pupils; and

      explicitly address the issues of cyber-bullying and identity-based bullying including in
       particular, homophobic and transphobic bullying;

      effective supervision and monitoring of pupils;

(f) Effective supervision and monitoring of pupils

(g) Supports for staff

(h) Consistent recording, investigation and follow up of bullying behaviour (including
use of established intervention strategies); and

(i) On-going evaluation of the effectiveness of the anti-bullying policy.

3. In accordance with the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools
bullying is defined as follows:

Bullying is unwanted negative behaviour, verbal, psychological or physical conducted, by an
individual or group against another person (or persons) and which is repeated over time.
The following types of bullying behaviour are included in the definition of bullying:

      deliberate exclusion, malicious gossip and other forms of relational bullying,

      cyber-bullying and

       Identity-based bullying such as homophobic bullying, racist bullying, bullying based
       on a person’s membership of the Traveller community and bullying of those with
       disabilities or special educational needs.

Isolated or once-off incidents of intentional negative behaviour, including a once-off offensive
or hurtful text message or other private messaging, do not fall within the definition of
bullying and should be dealt with, as appropriate, in accordance with the school’s code of

However, in the context of this policy, placing a once-off offensive or hurtful public message,
image or statement on a social network site or other public forum where that message, image
or statement can be viewed and/or repeated by other people will be regarded as bullying

Negative behaviour that does not meet this definition of bullying will be dealt with in
accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.

                                Examples of bullying behaviours
                                Harassment based on any of the nine grounds in
 General                         the equality legislation e.g. sexual harassment,
 behaviours which                homophobic bullying, racist bullying etc.
 apply to all types             Physical aggression
 of bullying                    Damage to property
                                Name calling
                                Slagging
                                The production, display or circulation of written
                                 words, pictures or other materials aimed at
                                 intimidating another person
                                Offensive graffiti
                                Extortion
                                Intimidation
                                Insulting or offensive gestures
                                The “look”
                                Invasion of personal space
                                A combination of any of the types listed.

                                Denigration: Spreading rumors, lies or gossip to
 Cyber                           hurt a person’s reputation
                                Harassment: Continually sending vicious, mean
                                 or disturbing messages to an individual
                                Impersonation: Posting offensive or aggressive
                                 messages under another person’s name
                                Flaming: Using inflammatory or vulgar words to
                                 provoke an online fight
                                Trickery: Fooling someone into sharing personal
                                 information which you then post online
   Outing: Posting or sharing confidential or
                                compromising information or images
                               Exclusion: Purposefully excluding someone from
                                an online group
                               Cyber stalking: Ongoing harassment and
                                denigration that causes a person considerable
                                fear for his/her safety
                               Silent telephone/mobile phone call
                               Abusive telephone/mobile phone calls
                               Abusive text messages
                               Abusive email
                               Abusive communication on social networks e.g.
                                Facebook/ Twitter/You Tube or on games
                               Abusive website comments/Blogs/Pictures
                               Abusive posts on any form of communication

4. The relevant teachers, for investigating and dealing with bullying are as follows: Principal,
Deputy Principal, all class teachers and support teachers.

Any teacher may act as a relevant teacher if circumstances warrant it.

5. The education and prevention strategies (including strategies specifically aimed at cyber-
bullying, homophobic and transphobic bullying) that will be used by the school are as follows

       School-wide approach
      A school-wide approach to the fostering of respect for all members of the school
      The promotion of the value of diversity to address issues of prejudice and stereotyping,
       and highlight the unacceptability of bullying behaviour.
      The fostering and enhancing of the self-esteem of all our pupils through both
       curricular and extracurricular activities. Pupils will be provided with opportunities to
       develop a positive sense of self-worth through formal and informal interactions.
      Whole staff professional development on bullying to ensure that all staff develops an
       awareness of what bullying is, how it impacts on pupils’ lives and the need to respond
       to it-prevention and intervention.
      School wide awareness raising and training on all aspects of bullying, to include
       pupils, parent(s)/guardian(s) and the wider school community.
      Supervision and monitoring of classrooms, corridors, school grounds, school tours and
       extra- curricular activities. Non-teaching and ancillary staff will be encouraged to be
       vigilant and report issues to relevant teachers. Supervision will also apply to
       monitoring student use of communication technology within the school.
       Buddy system, Lunchtime Pals and other student support activities that can help to
       support pupils and encourage a culture of peer respect and support may be used.
      Development and promotion of an Anti-Bullying code for the school-to be included in
       student journals and displayed publicly in classrooms and in common areas of the
      The school’s anti-bullying policy is discussed with pupils and all parent(s)/guardian(s)s
       are given a copy as part of the Code of Behaviour of the school.
      The implementation of regular whole school awareness measures e.g. a dedicated
       notice board in the school and classrooms on the promotion of friendship, and bullying
prevention; annual Friendship Week and parent(s)/guardian(s) seminars; annual or
       term or monthly student surveys; regular school or year group assemblies by principal,
       deputy principal, year heads etc.
      Encourage a culture of telling, with particular emphasis on the importance of
       bystanders. In that way pupils will gain confidence in ‘telling’. This confidence factor is
       of vital importance. It should be made clear to all pupils that when they report
       incidents of bullying they are not considered to be telling tales but are behaving
      Ensuring that pupils know who to tell and how to tell, e.g.:
                 o Direct approach to teacher at an appropriate time, for example after class.
                 o Hand note up with homework.
                 o Make a phone call to the school or to a trusted teacher in the school
                 o Get a parent(s)/guardian(s) or friend to tell on your behalf
                 o Ensure bystanders understand the importance of telling if they witness or
                   know that bullying is taking place.

      Identify clear protocols to encourage parent(s)/guardian(s) to approach the school if
       they suspect that their child is being bullied. The protocol should be developed in
       consultation with parents.
      The development of an Acceptable Use Policy in the school to include the necessary
       steps to ensure that the access to technology within the school is strictly monitored,
       as is the pupils’ use of mobile phones.

       Implementation of curricula
      The full implementation of the SPHE curriculum and the RSE and Stay Safe
       Continuous Professional Development for staff in delivering these programmes.
      School wide delivery of lessons on bullying from evidence based programmes, e.g. Stay
       Safe Programme, The Walk Tall Programme
      Delivery of the Garda SPHE Programmes at primary level. These lessons, delivered by
       Community Gardai, cover issues around personal safety and cyber-bullying
      The school will specifically consider the additional needs of SEN pupils with regard to
       programme implementation and the development of skills and strategies to enable all
       pupils to respond appropriately.
      The school will implement the advice in “Sexual Orientation advice for schools” (RSE
       Primary, see booklet).

  Links to other policies: Code of Behaviour, Child Protections policy, Supervision of pupils,
  Acceptable Use policy, Attendance, Sporting activities.

6. The school’s procedures for investigation, follow-up and recording of bullying behaviour
and the established intervention strategies used by the school for dealing with cases of
bullying behaviour are as follows:

                   Procedures for Investigating and Dealing with Bullying

The primary aim in investigating and dealing with bullying is to resolve any issues and
to restore, as far as is practicable, the relationships of the parties involved (rather than
to apportion blame);

The school’s procedures must be consistent with the following approach.
Every effort will be made to ensure that all involved (including pupils, parent(s)/guardian(s))
understand this approach from the outset.
Reporting bullying behaviour

     Any pupil or parent(s)/guardian(s) may bring a bullying incident to any teacher in the
     All reports, including anonymous reports of bullying, will be investigated and dealt with
      by the relevant teacher.
     Teaching and non-teaching staff such as secretary, special needs assistants (SNAs),
      school bus drivers, caretaker, cleaner must report any incidents of bullying behaviour
      witnessed by them, or mentioned to them, to the relevant teacher;

Investigating and dealing with incidents:

     In investigating and dealing with bullying, the (relevant)teacher will exercise his/her
      professional judgement to determine whether bullying has occurred and how best the
      situation might be resolved;
    Parent(s)/guardian(s) and pupils are required to co-operate with any investigation and
      assist the school in resolving any issues and restoring, as far as is practicable, the
      relationships of the parties involved as quickly as possible;
    Teachers should take a calm, unemotional problem-solving approach.
    Where possible incidents should be investigated outside the classroom situation to
      ensure the privacy of all involved;
    All interviews should be conducted with sensitivity and with due regard to the rights of
      all pupils concerned. Pupils who are not directly involved can also provide very useful
      information in this way;
    When analysing incidents of bullying behaviour, the relevant teacher should seek
      answers to questions of what, where, when, who and why. This should be done in a
      calm manner, setting an example in dealing effectively with a conflict in a non-
      aggressive manner;
    If a group is involved, each member should be interviewed individually at first.
      Thereafter, all those involved should be met as a group. At the group meeting, each
      member should be asked for his/her account of what happened to ensure that everyone
      in the group is clear about each other’s statements;
    Each member of a group should be supported through the possible pressures that may
      face them from the other members of the group after the interview by the teacher;
        It may also be appropriate or helpful to ask those involved to write down their account
       of the incident(s)
 In cases where it has been determined by the relevant teacher that bullying behaviour has
occurred, the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the parties involved should be contacted at an early
stage to inform them of the matter and explain the actions being taken (by reference to the
school policy). The school should give parent(s)/guardian(s) an opportunity of discussing
ways in which they can reinforce or support the actions being taken by the school and the
supports provided to the pupils;
    Where the relevant teacher has determined that a pupil has been engaged in bullying
      behaviour, it should be made clear to him/her how he/she is in breach of the school’s
      anti-bullying policy and efforts should be made to try to get him/her to see the
      situation from the perspective of the pupil being bullied;
    It must also be made clear to all involved (each set of pupils and parent(s)/guardian(s))
      that in any situation where disciplinary sanctions are required, this is a private matter
      between the pupil being disciplined, his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) and the school;
Follow up and recording

     In determining whether a bullying case has been adequately and appropriately
      addressed the relevant teacher must, as part of his/her professional judgement, take
      the following
        factors into account:
       - Whether the bullying behaviour has ceased;
       - Whether any issues between the parties have been resolved as far as is practicable;
       -Whether the relationships between the parties have been restored as far as is
       -Any feedback received from the parties involved, their parent(s)/guardian(s)s or the
       school Principal or Deputy Principal
      Follow-up meetings with the relevant parties involved should be arranged separately
      with a view to possibly bringing them together at a later date if the pupil who has been
      bullied is ready and agreeable.
     Where a parent(s)/guardian(s) is not satisfied that the school has dealt with a bullying
      case in accordance with these procedures, the parent(s)/guardian(s) must be referred,
      as appropriate, to the school’s complaints procedures.
     In the event that a parent(s)/guardian(s) has exhausted the school's complaints
      procedures and is still not satisfied, the school must advise the parent(s)/guardian(s) of
      their right to make a complaint to the Ombudsman for Children.

Recording of bullying behaviour

It is imperative that all recording of bullying incidents must be done in an objective and

The school’s procedures for noting and reporting bullying behaviour are as follows:

    Informal- pre-determination that bullying has occurred
    All staff must keep a written record of any incidents witnessed by them or notified to
      them. Consideration needs to be given to where the records will be made e.g. incident
      book. All incidents must be reported to the relevant teacher
    While all reports, including anonymous reports of bullying must be investigated and
      dealt with by the relevant teacher, the relevant teacher must keep a written record of
      the reports, the actions taken and any discussions with those involved regarding same
    The relevant teacher must inform the principal of all incidents being investigated.
    The principal will keep a written record of reported incidents in office.

    Formal Stage 1-determination that bullying has occurred
    If it is established by the relevant teacher that bullying has occurred, the relevant
     teacher must keep appropriate written records which will assist his/her efforts to
     resolve the issues and restore, as far as is practicable, the relationships of the parties
    The school in consultation with the relevant teacher/s should develop a protocol for
     the storage of all records retained by the relevant teacher.
Formal Stage 2
The relevant teacher must use the recording template at Appendix 3 to record the bullying behaviour
in the following circumstances:

 a) in cases where he/she considers that the bullying behaviour has not been adequately and
appropriately addressed within 20 school days after he/she has determined that bullying
behaviour occurred; and
b) Where the school has decided as part of its anti-bullying policy that in certain
circumstances bullying behaviour must be recorded and reported immediately to the
Principal or Deputy Principal as applicable.
The school should list behaviours that must be recorded and reported immediately to the
principal. These should be in line with the school’s code of behaviour.

When the recording template is used, it must be retained by the relevant teacher in question
and a copy maintained by the principal. Due consideration needs to be given to where these
records are kept, who has access to them, and how long they will be retained. Decisions
around record keeping should be noted in this policy.

Established intervention strategies
    Teacher interviews with all pupils
    Negotiating agreements between pupils and following these up by monitoring progress.
     This can be on an informal basis or implemented through a more structured mediation
    Working with parent(s)/guardian(s)s to support school interventions
    No Blame Approach
    Circle Time
    Restorative interviews
    Restorative conferencing

 7. The school’s programme of support for working with pupils affected by bullying is as

      All in-school supports and opportunities will be provided for the pupils affected by
       bullying to participate in activities designed to raise their self-esteem, to develop
       friendships and social skills and build resilience e.g.
              - Pastoral care system
              - Buddy / Peer mentoring system
              - Group work such as circle time

      If pupils require counselling of further supports the school will endeavour to liaise with
       the appropriate agencies to organise same. This may be for the pupil affected by
       bullying or involved in the bullying behaviour.

      Pupils should understand that there are no innocent bystanders and that all incidents
       of bullying behaviour must be reported to a teacher.

8. Supervision and Monitoring of Pupils
The Board of Management confirms that appropriate supervision and monitoring policies and
Practices are in place to both prevent and deal with bullying behaviour and to facilitate early
intervention where possible.
9. Prevention of Harassment
The Board of Management confirms that the school will, in accordance with its obligations
under equality legislation, take all such steps that are reasonably practicable to prevent the
sexual harassment of pupils or staff or the harassment of pupils or staff on any of the nine
grounds specified i.e. gender including transgender, civil status, family status, sexual
orientation, religion, age, disability, race and membership of the Traveller community.

10. This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on 14/04/2015 and reviewed in
June 2018.

11. This policy has been made available to school personnel, published on the school website
and provided to the Parents’ Association. A copy of this policy will be made available to the
Department and the patron if requested.

12. This policy and its implementation will be reviewed by the Board of Management once in
every school year. Written notification that the review has been completed will be made
available to school personnel, published on the school website and provided to the Parents’
Association. A record of the review and its outcome will be made available, if requested, to
the patron and the Department.

                               Parents Association

"A Parent Association is the structure through which the parents in a school can be active in their
children's educational lives. The Parent Association works with the Principal, Staff and the
Board of Management to build an effective relationship between home and school."

Our Role:
   Organise meetings providing parents with information and also giving them the
     opportunity to share any thoughts or concerns.
   Invite speakers to address parents on issues which are of topical relevance e.g. Internet
     safety, Effective parenting....
   Organise Social events e.g. Christmas Disco, Fruit mornings ....
   Provide support at Annual School Occasions such as First Communion and 6 th Class
   Fundraising

Parents - How can you be involved?
   Attend the meetings - it is a great way to meet other parents.
   Support events organised by the Parents Association, an extra pair of hands is always
   Share any thoughts / ideas / concerns you have, either at a meeting or contact a member of
     the Parents Association directly.

2017-2018 Committee

    Chairperson              Carol Dennehy – 087/6489088

    Secretary                Trish Kelleher – 086/8602323

    Treasurer                Clare Hurley – 086/8547577

NB: PA will make a contact list of parents mobile numbers available to your child’s
class. If you would rather not have your number included on this list please notify the
school office before the end of September.

Dear Parent/Guardian

The Parents Association of Presentation Primary School are organising the School Sweatshirt
Crest Service again this year, where you provide your own Navy Round Neck Sweatshirt and we
the Parents Association organise to get it embroidered with the School Crest as per uniform
requirements for €5.00 per sweatshirt.

To avail of this Crest Service, we have three dates organised where you can bring your Navy
Round Neck Sweater to our Volunteers at:

VENUE:                  Scoil Phadraig Naofa’s Hall Convent Hill

DATES:                  Friday 22nd June 1.30 to 2.30pm

                        Monday 25th June 7.00 to 8.00pm

                        Wednesday 4th July 7.00 to 8.00pm

In order for us to fulfil your crest order the following must be completed by you prior to your
order being taken at the school hall.

    1. Write your name and phone number on a sticker label or paper and pin it securely on
          the right hand side of each sweatshirt
    2. Provide a bag to enclose the sweatshirt in, with your name & mobile number on that
          bag also
    3. Full payment of €5.00 per sweatshirt payable upon order

Alternatively, we have sourced a sweatshirt with the school crest for your convenience. You can
place your order for these on those dates also. Full payment required with the order. Samples will
be on display for viewing or fittings.

                Sweatshirt with School Crest             = €13.00

                                                      Please note:

All garments will be ready for collection in Scoil Phadraig Naofa’s school hall, Convent hill on Monday 27th August 2018
from 7 to 8 pm.

If you have any queries ring Clare on 086 8547577

Parents Association Presentation Primary School
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